Purdue Captures First Victory with Rout of N.C. State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Edwin Watson rushed for a career-high 227 yards and three touchdowns to lead Purdue past North Carolina State. Quarterback John Reeves started and rushed for 57 yards and completed nine of 15 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in his first action in 1996. Another offensive star was Brian Alford, who caught five passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Purdue scored on its first three possessions and raced out to a 21-6 lead. Reeves hit Alford with a 25-yard scoring strike with 4:22 remaining in the half and took a 28-6 lead to the locker room. The third quarter was an offensive showcase. The Wolfpack took the second half kickoff and drove 72 yards on seven plays to score a touchdown and two-point conversion. Purdue answered back with a six-play, 71 yard drive capped by Watson's nine-yard run. Each team exchanged another touchdown in the third quarter to provide all of the scoring. Purdue racked up 493 yards of total offense, including 374 on the ground. The Boilers didn't commit a turnover while N.C. State had four. Free safety Derrick Brown led all defenders with 16 tackles.

GAME NOTES: Edwin Watson's 227 yards rushing was the fourth-best single-game effort at Purdue (best ever against a non-conference opponent)...John Reeves made his second career start (first was against Ohio State in 1995)...in his first-ever start, Kendall Matthews scored his second career TD and Derrick Winston intercepted his third pass...Purdue had two 80-yard scoring drives...Purdue was 6-for-9 in the "red zone."

PURDUE 42, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 21

Game 4, Sept. 28, 1996
(Attendance -- 39,739)
SCORE BY QUARTERS   
Purdue       14  14   14  0  --  42
N.C. State    6   0   15  0  --  21
SCORING SUMMARY
First Quarter
    PU: Matthews 2-yard run (Arnce kick), 11:28
    NCS: Primanti 23-yard field goal, 8:06
    PU: Watson 13-yard run (Arnce kick), 5:22
    NCS: Primanti 45-yard field goal, 3:42
Second Quarter
    PU: Watson 12-yard run (Arnce kick), 12:45
    PU: Alford 25-yard pass from Reeves (Arnce kick), 4:22
Third Quarter
    NCS: Stephens 9-yard run (Grissett pass good), 11:05
    PU: Watson 9-yard run (Arnce kick), 8:26
    NCS: Holt 80-yard pass from Barnette (Primanti kick), 8:12
    PU: Alford 12-yard pass from Reeves (Arnce kick), 6:12
TEAM STATATISTICS             PU       NCS
First Downs                   26        21
Net Yards Rushing         62-374    41-169
Net Yards Passing            119       267
Passes (Att.-Comp.-Int.)  15-9-0   31-15-1
Total Net Yards           77-493    72-436
Possession Time            38:16     21:44
Punts                     4-40.8    3-40.3
Penalties                   5-25      9-72
Third Down Conversions      5-13      4-15
Total Turnovers                0         4
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing--Purdue: Watson 29-227, Reeves 10-57, Johnson 7-32, Alford
2-25, Matthews 12-23, Sanders 1-10, Winston 1-0. North Carolina
State: Stephens 11-50, Spikes 7-37, Brown 6-32, Barnette 7-31,
Laureano 4-20, King 3-9, Holt 1-0, Chavis 1-(-1), Duke 1-(-9).
Passing--Purdue: Reeves 15-9-0 (2 TD), 119. North Carolina State:
Barnette 18-10-0 (1 TD), 193; Laureano 13-5-1 (0 TD), 74.
Receiving--Purdue: Alford 5-77, Watson 3-40, Matthews 1-2. North
Carolina State: Holt 5-138, Grissett 4-38, King 2-23, Thomas 2-51,
Whitted 1-13, Brown 1-4.
Tackle Leaders--Purdue: Brown 16, Okeafor 8, Hagins 6, Koeppen 6,
Colvin 5, Burroughs 5, Smith 5. North Carolina State: Everett 9,
Wyche 8, Leak 6, Harris 6.